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Effects of noise on errors, injuries and subjective health of nursing staff

Smith, Andrew Paul ORCID: 2017. Effects of noise on errors, injuries and subjective health of nursing staff. Presented at: 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem, Zurich, Switzerland, 18-22 June 2017. 12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem.

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Research on low levels of occupational noise exposure (where there is no risk to hearing) suggests that this level of noise may be a risk factor for injuries and errors but have no effect on subjective reports of health when other job characteristics are controlled for. The present study continued this research by conducting a survey of 870 nursing staff. The survey collected information on subjective noise exposure, job characteristics (e.g. demands, control, support, working hours, and other aspects of the physical environment), demographics, and personality. Initial univariate analyses showed that those reporting more frequent noise exposure had more injuries/cognitive failures, greater stress at work, and worse general health as well as more anxiety and depression. Subsequent multi-variate logistic regressions controlled for job and personal characteristics. These analyses showed that noise still had a significant effect on injuries/errors and stress at work. In contrast, the effects of noise on general health and mental health were no longer significant when the other factors were covaried. These results largely confirm findings from other occupational groups exposed to similar levels of noise.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 June 2017
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 11:19

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